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  1. It should be right?! Lol I feel like maybe this thread is getting a little long in the tooth but that might just be me...either way, everyones input on this is quite the eye opener and learning something new is always good! Long story short....I just decided "you know what, to hell with it I'm just going to play with the distributor for giggles and see what happens! So i advance the distributor say, 3 degrees? And now the light is firing just at TDC...well it definitely has, let's say. "Awoken the beast" and any time you remotely give the engine any throttle it wants t
  2. It may sound like that by how the manual is worded but it's adjustment is pretty much like any other distributor, Loosen the hold down bolt and clamp bolts. The advance plate inside is held in place by 3 screws and rotates by either the vacuum advance arm or by the mechanical weights underneath...there is a piece of felt in-between the two plates the move by 3 ball bearings inside and lubricated with the felt. when I tore down the distributor and removed the advance plate I was surprised how spotless it was underneath given the amount of grime everywhere! The " arrow" the manual refers to on t
  3. I guess it's because it's assuming that our vehicles require no further adjustments other than making sure that both the distributor is set to 0 and that cylinder #1 is firing between the two marks. As far as other people saying it's also to do with our modern fuels are vastly different to the day that our cars used to run on started to make me wonder exactly what octane rating our cars ran on! After digging on the internet I found a paper from the U.S Dept. Of commerce dated 1950 which talks about motor fuels and the various subjects, and in short...2 different octane
  4. Thank you so much Bloo! Your explanation of everything really cleared things up! It's funny how you mentioned that...when I first got the car and really started to poke around the engine I remember seeing that the distributor was set to 5 degrees retard but never thought about it...but out of curiosity, why would retarding the timing improve driveability at high rpms?
  5. It just seems high to me that's all, I don't know if it just pertains to the 303s in particular if the max mechanical advance is at 3700? I was thinking it would be a lower rpm that's all... So my main question is that to set the total advance....should I rev the engine to 3700 rpm, set the timing light to 30* and then turn the distributor so that the pointer is between the two tabs on the balancer?
  6. Unfortunately no, the only mention of how to set the timing is have the idle set and make sure the distributor is set at "0" and check on cylinder #1 that it's firing exactly between the two tabs on the balancer
  7. Hey everyone, so I need some help in trying to wrap my head around setting up ignition timing on my 49' olds 88... Now, I have tried looking at online videos which kinda helps but still confuses me and looking at the shop manual doesn't help either! I'm trying to see if setting the total timing will help cure my engine stumbling at high rpm. I have set the distributor at 0 and it's firing between the mark on the harmonic balancer @500 rpm. What kind of scares me is that the manual states the mechanical advance is all in 30* @ 3700 rpm! I would think it would be lower at maybe 3000
  8. It would make sense to paint as one unit but then when the customer order is being built i would "assume" they would have the transmissions color coded to identify the part. Not necessarily painted but marked with a grease pencil or something? Here's a photo of a GM plant circa 1949
  9. That would be very interesting if it has been! I know the motor has seen a rough life that's for sure...the only specks of original paint that I've found so far ( it's a '49 olds 303) is the engine facing the firewall and around the oil filter! I will eventually pull the motor out to overhaul and repaint it.
  10. As the title suggest... Were transmissions painted as well as the engines? I have a 1949 hydramatic and there's remanence of what looks like a canary yellow paint on the casing and it got me curious if they were
  11. Hey there everyone, new to the forum. Im looking for an upholstery shop in the central florida area. I have a 1949 Oldsmobile 88 that I want to get the whole interior done and I'm finding that trying to find an upholsterer is actually pretty hard! Can anybody steer me in the right direction? I'd greatly appreciate it!
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